The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced crews completed cosmetic and functional renovations as well as deep cleaning at the Far Rockaway-Mott Av subway station in Queens. This work is part of New York City Transit (NYCT)’s Re-NEW-Vation program, which utilizes planned weekend service outages to perform upgrades, repairs, and enhanced cleaning in stations within a 55-hour window, providing customers with overhauled stations when service interruptions end on Mondays.
Over the last weekend, while planned track work and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades took place, transit workers installed new LED fixtures to brighten darkened areas, repaired concrete tripping hazards, cleaned service and emergency lighting, remediated water damage, and scrubbed and repainted station surfaces. The station uplift also includes refurbishment of transit employee facilities within the station as customers will now be able to enjoy a cleaner, brighter and revitalized station.
“By bringing real, tangible improvements to the Far Rockaway-Mott Av station, we are both speeding up customer journeys and making the station they use visibly better and more pleasant,” said NYC Transit President Richard Davey. “Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from re-NEW-vation efforts, and we look forward to moving closer to our goal of faster, cleaner and safer service.”
"New Yorkers deserve a clean transit system," said NYC Council Majority Whip Selvena N. Brooks-Powers, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. "I appreciate President Davey's commitment to rider experience, especially in underserved corners of our transit network like Far Rockaway. The Mott Avenue stop received a much-needed makeover this weekend, and I look forward to continued investment by the MTA in the quality and cleanliness of our stations."
Far Rockaway-Mott Av is the twenty-ninth station to be enhanced with an upcoming refurbishment planned at Pelham Bay Park on the line. In total, NYCT plans to complete 50 “re-New-vations" by the end of the year.
About the Station Re-NEW-vation Program
The Station Re-NEW-vation Program is one of the major initiatives in New York City Transit’s Faster, Cleaner and Safer plan to improve the subway customer experience. The program was initiated with a soft launch over the summer of 2022 on the lines in the Bronx, including deep cleaning and renovating components of nine stations along that line, while stations were closed for state of good repair work underway in tunnels. Cleanliness is one of the top five attributes customers cite in surveys that would improve satisfaction and encourage increased ridership. In response, NYC Transit developed this program integrating renovations into planned station outages.